Close but no cigar for Hin­uera

Tra­di­tional ri­vals do battle

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

McPher­son Con­trac­tors Hin­uera 11 Pu­taruru 14

Played away at Nola Block, Hin­uera knew they would be in for a rough old go against tra­di­tional ri­vals Pu­taruru.

Like Hin­uera, the lo­cals have had their ups and downs and are sit­ting 16 points be­hind the gold and blacks.

They have notched three wins only. Easy beats – not so. Af­ter Satur­day make that four.

Hin­uera were by no means com­pla­cent and had pre­pared ac­cord­ingly.

The open­ing kick off fea­tured plenty of en­thu­si­asm from the vis­i­tors, Jared McNaughton goal­ing a penalty from 30 me­tres in the sec­ond minute.

Hin­uera main­tained the mo­men­tum with left winger Levi Henare fea­tur­ing with some good bursts.

A turnover to Pu­taruru re­sulted in a try with Hin­uera’s cover de­fense nonex­is­tent, 5- 3 Pu­taruru in the 10th minute. Hin­uera could not buy a trick. Fancy moves with passes go­ing for­ward and scrums pe­nalised for bor­ing in­ward meant the hosts kept up the pres­sure.

Pu­taruru ex­tended their lead with a penalty, 8-3 in the 13th minute.

Hin­uera camped in Pu­taruru’s quar­ter, hav­ing nu­mer­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties to score.

Ricky Ed­wards went close from a li­ne­out drive, Zane Her­rick was held up while Travis Eg­gink was pe­nalised for a dou­ble move­ment.

McNaughton re­duced the deficit with his sec­ond penalty, 8-6 Pu­taruru in the 30th minute, the lat­ter widen­ing the gap again to 11-6 with a penalty. This was the half­time score.

Gerome Bar­doul read the riot act at half­time with lan­guage this writer’s Ir­ish grand­mother would have cov­ered his ears from. The ad­vice cer­tainly worked.

Todd Allen came into his own with hard straight run­ning.

Henare was de­nied progress from a for­tu­nate an­kle tap when it ap­peared he was likely to race down­field.

Hin­uera did score from a grub­ber kick by McNaughton sit­ting up per­fectly for Bradley Leuthard to pounce on.

Scores were locked up 11-all with 27 min­utes re­main­ing. Both sides had chances with penal­ties, which were un­suc­cess­ful un­til four min­utes from time when Pu­taruru’s Brad Karl raised the flags.

The teams ac­knowl­edged the pass­ing away of Jerry Collins with a minute’s si­lence be­fore play be­gan.

Bs won 35-5, as did the Colts 20-12 v Hau­tapu.

Next week Marist.

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